I'm torn about the idea of Danny having possibly been sexually abused/mistreated. Yes, he does appear to view sex and his sexuality as a comodity, although I do think there is an emotional attachment to it. He doesn't have sex for the sake of sex itself. All of the people we've seen him get with or even come on to/flirt with (Lindsay, Rikki, Aiden, even) there was some sort of connection there. With Lindsay, there was the months long pursuit after nearly a year of friendly, flirtatious banter. He kept trying to get her to open up to him on an emotional level, but she kept pushing him away all that time. She initiated all of the sexual stuff between them. The almost-kiss in "SOoH," the bet and drunken pool table sex in "Snow Day." Then, even in "Can You Hear Me Now" when she starts to joke about the condom spray, he backed off. With Rikki, we know that he felt horrible about the whole situation. He'd spoken to her in the hall and interacted with Ruben quite a bit. She at the very least trusted him enough to leave her son in his care. That says something. As others have said, she seems to have initiated the sex with him, at least the first time. Second time....eh, he sorta did, she sorta did. Aiden, while they never ever hooked up, there was a ton of flirtatious banter between them. However, they'd worked together for years and years, so there was a nice chemistry between them. The lines in "Hush" with the "Robospanker" thingy, the line at the end about "Wanna get something to eat, I'll drive, put you on the hood?" are just dripping with flirtatiousness. Although, It seems it was never more than that. They even mentioned it at the end of "Crimes and Misdemeanors" about that. Danny said something to the effect of "oooh, if you weren't someone I worked with......" To which she responded that she was out of his league. All of that points to him using sex as an emotional comodity or a form of currency, if you will. If he can use it, he will, but not with a stranger and not to pay for it. IMO, if he were sexually abused, chances are he'd be more hypersexual or even asexual. He's somewhat in between. I don't think he sees sex as an emotionless comodity, largely due to the remark in "Tanglewood" about him "having girlfriends for that." However, here's something that no one has brought up, what if he was molested, and the person who did get at him was a woman/girl? That does fit, especially with the fact that Rikki and Lindsay initiated all of the sexual stuff that went on. As far as the sexuality goes, God only knows what went on in the Tanglewood boys. Could Sonny Sassone had done something to Danny after that night? Possibly. He seems like the type that could do anything to assert dominance, including rape a teenage boy. For that matter, God only knows what went on in the Messer household. It seems like it was an extremely dysfunctional family to put it mildly. No one really knows what his mother was like. For all we know, she could have slept around on his father, she may haveused sex as a way to please his father, or just could have put ideas in his head about sex and sexuality. She could have even possibly sexually abused him. That could support him being the way he is about not initiating. Obviously, I agree about all of the not being able to stand disapproval and disappointment; as well as him having very low self esteem. He seems to be crushed when someone is unhappy with him. But, the worse you treat him, the more he comes running back. It IS almost as if he feels he doesn't deserve love/acceptance. The only ones who could get through to him were Aiden, before she died, and Flack. Notice that Aiden was able to get through to him a bit more gently about seeing the psychologist/psychiatrist. Flack had to get nasty with him about bringing Rikki in. However, he never expressed doubt in him or put him down for it. It was just a simple, "This is what's gonna happen, or I'm gonna do what I gotta do!" Mac, and Stella were never could get through to him, save for Mac in "RSRD," But that was when Danny's career and life were on the line. Lindsay sort of can, but she's nasty and manipulative about it, telling him what he feels, that he's too hard to love.